WHO Remains Committed To Vaccine R&D, Accessibility
Huffington Post: WHO Is The Driving Force To Reach All People With Vaccines
Brice Bicaba, Burkina Faso’s director of disease control
“…Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective interventions we have in public health. As long as we can reach children with a vaccine, they will be protected for life. … More children are being immunized worldwide than ever before, with the highest level of routine coverage in history. … When systems for vaccine procurement and delivery operate as a fully integrated component of a health system, they can drive the move towards universal health coverage. There is more work to be done, especially in research and development. … WHO remains committed to making new vaccines more accessible, faster. It is doing this by driving initiatives around an African vaccine regulatory forum and addressing the urgent need to expand clinical trial capacity and strengthen procedures to speed up licensing of new vaccines and technologies. WHO continues to work through powerful public-private partnerships with international and national health leaders to make immunization more than the biggest success stories of modern medicine, but the greatest success story ever. With the success of the Meningitis Vaccine project, we’re well on our way.” (5/4).